Admittedly time-tabling to cover the eight key learning areas is difficult though not impossible. Much can be said on this point, but it is sufficient here to refer the reader to the Seares Report for descriptions of how exemplary music programs have been accommodated within the time-table at Dawes Road Primary School (Victoria) and MLC Burwood (NSW). A rather different issue is the constant stream of demands by system directors that specific extra programs bicycle safety, caring for pets, and so on be covered over and above those already mandated within the key learning areas. Music education is often a victim of this competition for lesson time. We can only hope that governments and education systems come to see the folly of foisting so much onto schools. Time-Pressures on the Music Teacher In addition, specialist teachers of music often have to contend with unique difficulties.
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